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Science, Technology and Society

Fall 2008

Welcome to the first edition of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) e-Newsletter. Based in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the STS Initiative is a catalyst for inter-disciplinary, collaborative research among the natural, physical and social sciences, engineering and public policy and a locus of engagement with governments, NGOs, business and civil society. Much of our work is international in scope reflecting the global nature of science and technology.

This e-newsletter highlights recent research, teaching and engagement activities in the STS portfolio. The Initiative builds on and amplifies faculty research interests..


News & Updates
QDAP QDAP Launched at UMass Amherst
Under the direction of Stuart Shulman, an award winning qualitative methodologist and Assistant Professor of Political Science, QDAP offers researchers training, consulting services, and qualitative data coding and analysis. Shulman and colleagues have developed a range of state-of-the-art qualitative analysis tools and applications. QDAP has conducted large-scale coding and analysis for research projects in biomedical, public health, education, behavioral, computational and social sciences.  QDAP offers coding in 12 languages and research support for a range of key project management tasks. Its tools and applications have been developed with support from the NSF. More
grodal Nanotechnology and Society: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges
The Nanoscience and Society Research Group, in collaboration with the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, held their second national nanotechnology and society research workshop on October 3, 2008. The research workshop convened social scientists, policy researchers and nanoscientists to examine research networks and their role in innovation, the development of risk perceptions, and the importance of knowledge sharing for emerging technologies.  This project is supported by NSF. The complete workshop program and slides are available at the STS website. Videos of each panel presentation will be posted in January. More
packard Mentoring and Persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
As part of the Fall STS Colloquium Series, Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Mt. Holyoke College presented her research findings on mentoring, persistence and retention toward a four-year science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree for lower income, first generation college students. Visit the STS website for copies of Becky's slides and, beginning in January, a video of her entire presentation. More
martha Broadband in Massachusetts
All except one of the communities without broadband access in Massachusetts are located in Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin or Hampden counties. Audio and video from the 2008 Town Hall Forum on broadband access in Western Massachusetts is now available on the STS website. The town hall, moderated by Martha Fuentes-Bautista, Assistant Professor of Communication and Public Policy, and led by Sharon Gillett, MA Commissioner of Telecommunications and Cable, provided an opportunity for researchers, citizens, advocates and students to discuss Governor Patrick's broadband initiative and related policy issues concerning telecommunications and cable. More
learning International Dimensions of Ethics in Science and Technology
The International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Project (IDEESE) brings together a multi disciplinary cluster of faculty from engineering, physics, political science, public policy, computer science and public health to develop cases and analytical frameworks regarding international dimensions of ethics in science and engineering. These materials are meant for public use globally; faculty are encouraged to pilot these materials in their classes. This project is supported by NSF. Contact STS for more information. More

CAITE Holds Second Articulation Summit
The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), an NSF-funded project designing and carrying out comprehensive programs that address under representation in information technology education and the workforce and directed by Computer Science Professor Rick Adrion, held its second articulation summit at Holyoke Community College on December 5th. This articulation summit is one of CAITE's efforts to build clearer educational pathways for students pursuing IT and computer science education at Massachusetts public colleges and universities. More



Fountain Appointed to World Economic Forum’s Future of Governments Council
Jane Fountain, Director of the Science, Technology and Society Initiative has been appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Governments. Fountain is one of thirteen experts worldwide selected for membership on the Future of Governments Council, which will examine how governments globally might better adapt to the rapid pace of technological change while building or maintaining transparency, accountability, and civil society. More


Shulman Appointed NCDG Associate Director
Dr. Stu Shulman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been appointed Associate Director of the National Center for Digital Government (NCDG). Shulman is the founder and director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP), Director of the NSF funded E-Rulemaking Research Group, and inventor of the Coding Analysis Toolkit. Professor Shulman is also Editor of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and conference co-chair of dg.o2009 More


Schweik Presents on "Success and Abandonment of Open Source Commons" in South Africa
Charlie Schweik, Associate Professor of Natural Resources Conservation and Public Policy, presented "Factors Leading to Success or Abandonment of Open Source Commons: An Empirical Analysis of Projects" at the 2008 Free and Open Source for Geospatial Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. This presentation drew from research that will be published in his forthcoming book, tentatively titled The Collaborative Principles of Open Source Commons. More


Upcoming Events
lecture Legislative & Regulatory Developments in Information Security
Mark MacCarthy, Adjunct Professor of Communication, Culture and Technology and of Philosophy at Georgetown University, will present a lecture on key regulatory challenges in information security. Former Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy at Visa, MacCarthy will address the possible changes at the FTC under the new Administration and the likelihood of passage of information security legislation in the new Congress. Join us: Tuesday, December 16th from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall More
packard CFP: YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States
Politics in many forms thrives in online video spaces like YouTube. Please join us on April 16 and 17 to explore YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States at this interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the departments of Political Science, Computer Science, and Communication; the STS Initiative, the National Center for Digital Government, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass. It is funded by a Research Leadership in Action grant from the Vice Provost's Office at UMass and the NSF. A call for papers is available at the conference website More

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